The new Vancouver Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) store is the tenth and latest of a family of distinct new stores across the country completed by MEC over the past 5 years. Located at the corner of 2nd and Quebec, the three-storey mass timber building embodies MEC’s brand identity while acting as a gateway marker to the Olympic Village neighbourhood.
The innovative store is a high-performance building that uses almost one-third less energy than the standards set out by the national energy code. It utilizes innovative wastewater technologies, collecting rainwater in cisterns fed from a central blue roof sandwiched between two sloping green roofs. The building is designed to achieve a minimum of LEED Gold certification and is Salmon Safe.